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Jesus Knows You

In Inspirational on December 14, 2010 at 7:01 pm


Revelation 2:2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: 3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.

In the letters written to the seven churches in Revelation, we see Christ Jesus, creator of the Universe, the Son of God, The Messiah, making a very personal statements. Not only does he know what we go through, He wants us to know that He is aware of it. In all that we do as Christians– the struggles, the battles against temptations, the sacrifices of the flesh and the persecution we may bear in Christ’s name, Jesus knows it. He knows our labors. He knows the many pastors, deacons, Sunday School teachers, group leaders, cooks, cleaners and people who do the work, week in and week out to keep a church functioning, clean and active. Overseas, there are many stories of missionaries traveling across the globe to spread the Gospel, only to be met with sickness, hostility and little following. But they are just as victorious as the pastors leading thousands in a revival meeting. Why? Because they obeyed. We worship a good who values obedience over sacrifice. A God who wants His Children to do His Will for His glory, not for our own. Dotted all over America are churches that are sticking to the Word of God and using it as the basis of all their theology. Small, fundamental congregations who may not be on television, who may not rent out sports complexes or have Bentleys in their parking lots. But what they do have is a heart for God, to glorify Him, spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ and preach The Word accurately. They reject the apostasy and false doctrines plaguing most commercially-successful churches for glory of Christ Jesus our Lord.

In foreign countries, house churches are a beacon of light in many spiritually dark places. These small meetings, of sometimes 3 and 4 believers are just as glorious as the great mega-church conferences that take place each year. If not more so, because in many cases these believers are risking life and limb just to meet and read The Bible together. This is victory! Jeremiah preached and preached to his people and was ignored, jailed and beaten for his efforts. Yet he was no less successful than Jonah who ran from his duties, reluctantly preached to a people he despised and ended up leading an entire city to repentance. Because our victory does not lie in the amount of people we get to come to church, or take tracts or give money to our churches. The victory is in our obedience to serve God and live for Him.

So for all of you who labor, and have had patience and have shunned evil for the goodness of Christ, Jesus is watching. He is watching and knows exactly what you are going through. He knows what you are enduring. He knows what you are giving up to pick up your cross and follow Him. And on that glorious day when you can greet your King face to face, rest assured He will not forget your labor. Keep working for our Savior.

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Bible Verse of The Day — God is Our Strength

In Bible Study, Importance of Prayer, Inspirational on March 30, 2010 at 6:52 pm

2 Peter 5:10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

This wonderful verse written by the Apostle Peter, brings so many important messages for the Christian to take to heart. First of all he refers to the “God of all grace.” Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines grace as: “Appropriately, the free unmerited love and favor of God, the spring and source of all the benefits men receive from him.” Our God is a God of unmerited love and favor. Despite our sin, despite our shortcomings, despite our past, God still wants to pour out His love on us and show His favor in our lives. Not a god of war or of gold or of lightning, God is a God of grace. Loving us even when we denied Him. Peter knew this personally as he denied Christ at the time of Christ’s arrest. How sad and sorrowful must he have felt knowing he let his good friend, teacher and Savior done at the bleakest hour! Yet Christ, in His resurrected body and given all power over Heaven and Earth, did not condemn Peter. He did not tell him “I told you so!” or ask Peter “how could you do that to me?” Instead, He forgave Him. That is grace.

Next we see that God in saving us through Jesus Christ, has also called us to eternal glory. Webster’s states glory is: “The felicity of heaven prepared for the children of God; celestial bliss.” For those who will receive God’s gift of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ, Heaven awaits! God is calling us to come to it. And will it be good? Well the Bible tells us: But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. (1 Corinthians 2:9).

But while we are still alive here on Earth, we still face problems, challenges, tragedies and pain. We cry, we suffer and we become ill. Yes, Heaven is awaiting a saved believer in Christ, but Earth still holds problems and drama. The good news is that The Lord is here for us now as well. We will suffer, but have faith, because the strength of Our Lord is perfected in our weakness. When Elijah was on the run from the satanic Queen Jezebel, he cried out to God to die rather than deal with her wrath. As he laid under a juniper tree hopeless and frightened, God responded by sending an angel to comfort him and supernaturally feed him for the journey to Mt. Horeb. He strengthened him for his challenges ahead and stablished him by reminding Elijah that it’s not his battle. The Lord reassured Elijah that He provides what is needed to sustain us. And it got Elijah back on mission.  God is our strength! When we have faith The Lord fights for us. And that knowledge gives a peace that can settle us. A peace that passeth all understanding. When you suffer Beloved, cry out to your God. And trust in Him to feed you, comfort you and strengthen you for the road ahead. All because He loves you so much.

Bible Verse of The Day — God Wants Us All in Heaven

In Bible Study, Inspirational, Love on March 9, 2010 at 8:02 pm

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

What a wonderful promise that we have in this epistle of Peter. At times we wonder why the wickedness and sin in the world continues to flourish and thrive. We see those who promote sinful living doing well. And we wonder when is God going to come and judge the world! Well hold that thought and consider how loving, kind and merciful our God is. The more time it takes for God to bring in the end-times and judgment, the longer everyone has to find salvation in Jesus Christ. God is suffering a sinful world with the hope that more sinners will acknowledge their sin and look to Christ Jesus as their Savior before it’s too late. He is giving more time out of love for us. For a non-believer, consider this a blessing. God is letting you know that He does not want you or any of the worst criminals, despots or tyrants in the world to die in their sins and suffer eternal punishment. His Will is that “ALL should come to repentance” (emphasis added).

There is no set “VIP List.” No matter what your past is. No matter how vile your sins, they can all be cleansed by the blood of Christ shed on the cross. The Apostle Paul was hunting down Christians and approving of them being murdered for their faith. Yet he became one of the greatest missionary and preachers of all time. Despite his horrible past as open enemy of Jesus, he was forgiven. In Isaiah’s first chapter The Lord tells us: “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;..” The Hebrew word for “reason” implies that we can be corrected or made right. It’s the justification that God wants to give us that can make the sinner who is filthy with her wrongs, clean again. But most importantly, The Lord shows us that He wants this. He invites us to eternal life. He does not want us to suffer and is not sitting back waiting with baited breath for the day He can smite the Earth and destroy every last heathen. His Will is that all should believe and be saved. For a believer, this is encouragement! Knowing this beloved, instead of counting down the days until Judgment, count yourself blessed to have more time to share the Gospel with your loved ones, friends and strangers alike. For those close to you who seem like they’ll never listen or ever believe, just remember, God has invited them. Plant the seeds of the Gospel and let the power of God to salvation in Christ do the rest. And maybe, you will see someone who was branded a “lifetime sinner” become an eternal child of the King. After all, that’s exactly what your Father in Heaven is waiting for.

Bible Verse of The Day — Study Your Bible!

In Bible Study, Inspirational on February 28, 2010 at 3:41 pm


2 Timothy 2:15 – Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

What an important command for the Christian believer. As Paul was giving Timothy instructions on how to pastor brothers and sisters in the faith we see that we are to “study” to show that we are truly following God. Webster’s 1828 Dictionary (whose definition were based on Holy Scripture) defines “study” as to “endeavor diligently” or “set one’s mind” to something. To live a life in accordance with the Scriptures requires work. It requires dedication, humility, patience and submission to the Will of Our God. If we are going to preach the Gospel and promote Christianity, our lives have to reflect it. That way when we share the Gospel with our friends and loved ones we carry authenticity. Even if they knew us as a time when we were deep in sinful rebellion, all the better! Our changed lives provide even more evidence of how great and powerful our God is to change us so. The second part of Paul’s admonition is to rightly divide the word of truth. We are to be straight and plain when sharing the Gospel. Jesus did not hesitate to mention “weeping and gnashing of teeth” when telling people to believe in Him and neither should we. God’s love is just as important to teach as God’s justice. Sinners who die without Christ will be punished. There’s no shame in sharing that. Shame only comes when we give an incomplete portion of the Gospel or distort it to tickle the ears of our audience. Our lives are our testimony. Live the Christian life and proclaim the name of Jesus accurately and passionately, and you can rest on the Biblical assurance that your Father in Heaven approves.

Bible Verse of The Day – Let Your Faith Shine

In Bible Study, Inspirational on February 6, 2010 at 12:47 am

Acts 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.

At Pentecost Peter preached The Word boldly and passionately. his faith had been renewed as the Holy Spirit indwelled in him. And the remarkable thing is that the people who were listening were not just amazed, they knew that he and John had been with Jesus.

This can be a lesson for our own lives. With the amount of people we speak to or encounter in any given week, how many leave saying, “wow, he/she is really into Jesus and their faith!” How many marvel at our passion for The Word? If someone was to ask 10 people who know you “what is the most important thing [insert your name]’s life?” would that friend say that the answer is your salvation in Christ?

As born again believers, our Savior and Coming King Jesus Christ literally sends the Holy Spirit to indwell in us to testify of Him (John 15:26). We need to spend our time approaching the Throne of The Lord (in prayer) showing that we are studying His Word, seeking and serving Him daily. We are now ambassadors of Christ and should preach his Word just as boldly as the Apostles. So much so that when people speak to us, they know that we have indeed been with The Lord, and are living our lives as living sacrifices to him to glorify His Name. And the people, if and when they see that devotion, love and faith, will definitely marvel at it.

Bible Verse of The Day – Don’t Live Your Best Life Now!

In Bible Study, Inspirational on January 27, 2010 at 7:10 pm

Psalm 73:26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.

It’s amazing how relevant writing from thousands of years ago are to today’s society. But that is the beauty of the Bible. It’s a timeless book with eternal truths. In this Psalm, Asaph (one of three musical leaders in King David’s tabernacle service and author of several Pslams) laments over the fact that self-centered, “glamorous”, sinful people who have no interest in God are succeeding in life and encountering no problems, while he struggles and suffers. It brings the immediate charge of “it’s not fair!” Haven’t we all felt that way at one point? In today’s society, the Bible-believing Christian will encounter that same image Asaph saw. The people who embrace sin, selfishness, ego, money and sexual promiscuity are some of the greatest successes. The media fawns over stars who have some of the worst moral track records. Women have reached the point where the making of a sex tape is no longer a shame, but a career-boosting enterprise. They are apparently having the time of their lives wearing the best clothes, going to the best events and jet-setting all over the globe. Even in our personal lives we may knows families or friends who are not believers but seem to have a model household and not a care in the world. But what are we as Christians to think of their earthly prosperity?

The Psalm makes it clear of the mistake we can make when it states: For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. 4 For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm. 5 They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men. 6 Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment. 7Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish. 8 They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily.

Asaph was viewing the prosperity of those who did not acknowledge God through an Earthly perspective. In his foolish envy, he mistook material success as real success. This is a trap that we too can and do fall into. In our every day struggles, we can fall prey to wanting more of the beauty, wealth and popularity of those around us. Especially when we are doing our best to pray and live in accordance with the Scriptures. It can even lead us to start questioning God (because when we think “life’s not fair!” that’s precisely what we’re doing).

12 Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches. 13 Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency. 14 For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning.

It’s so easy to fall victim to that rebellious spirit when we are only thinking about our Earthly condition. And not looking to the eternal promises, riches and glory we have in Christ Jesus. It can make one question everything. But instead of giving place to the devil we must heed the Psalmist’s solution:

17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.

Sin may be exciting and alluring but it only provides a temporary thrill. The same for material wealth, which no one can bring to the grave. We are all going to meet an end and for the self-glorifying sinner, the fall is a steep one. For the Christian, it is the beginning of mansions, eternal joy, and sharing a divine inheritance with Jesus Christ. Turn your eyes and focus to Heaven and see how insignificant the success of others seem. “So foolish was I, and ignorant” says Asaph. Yes, we’ve been there. The successful sinners of our time seem to always long to fill a void only God can satisfy. And that is the blessed hope. Knowing Jesus Christ as your Savior makes you strong for any situation because He has overcome it already and won the victory for you. So let the world party in the club today. We celebrate in our hearts in Christ until we are all together praising Him in Heaven. While certain pastors say “Live your best life now!” true Christian knows we have not even come close to the best life, which is what we will have in Heaven in the presence of our God!

Until then, be strong and rejoice! God is with you. Jesus is with you. The Holy Spirit is in you. And none will ever leave or forsake you. If you are in pain, God is with you. If you are having trouble at work, God is with you. If your friends or family have turned their backs on you, God is still with you. If you are having marital problems, God is with you. Even when you are at your wit’s end and feel like you can’t take any more stress or tribulation remember — through all things the Lord is your portion. He will strengthen you, provide for you, care for you and sustain you forever.

Inspiration, Prayer and Hope in Haiti

In Importance of Prayer, Inspirational, Love, Uncategorized on January 15, 2010 at 6:40 pm

With all the tragic news coming out of Haiti since the earthquake, there is good news as well. Christians and Christian groups among all denominations are pouring in aid and prayers for the ailing nation. And from athletes to actors, to nurses and school children, the world in general is stepping up and donating money and time to aid the people who have been stricken by this catastrophe. One thing we must not let up on though is prayer. As the military and relief workers finally start to make it into the country there are still people hurting. There are still children starving. There are still entire families buried alive under rubble. Hearts are broken and being pushed to the limits by affliction. Even if you struggle for what to say to God for these people, remember this

“…we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” Romans 8:26-27

Here is a prayer for them:

Dear Heavenly Father, Creator of All things, you have a purpose in everything you do and we submit to your perfect Will. Today we pray for the nation of Haiti.

We pray for those who have lost family and friends in the earth quake. Please comfort them and give them reminders that there is still hope, joy and comfort in you.

We pray for those who have been injured or who are sick. Dear Father, please touch their bodies. We know that all things can be done through your Holy Spirit and we pray for their physical healing.

We pray for the children who are lost, confused and frightened. Please let someone find them and take care of them until they are reunited with their families.
We pray for the souls of those who have passed. That they knew Jesus as their Savior and are with you in Heaven.

We pray for those who are still alive, that they call out to you and find you. That they keep their spiritual strength and faith as it’s being tested more now than ever.

We pray for the soldiers, aid workers, diplomats and volunteers who are being so courageous and compassionate to go down and assist the Haitian people. Please keep them safe, healthy and fed so they can be strong for the days and weeks ahead.

Heavenly Father we also pray for the world that is watching this crisis. Please continue to touch the hearts of people worldwide so that they will continue to donate funds to help assist the relief work in Haiti. And help people who have the means to keep spreading the word to others and raise awareness that this will be a long-term relief effort and requires long-term assistance.

And finally Lord God we pray for those who are watching who are unsaved. Who don’t know Jesus Christ as their Savior. Let people realize that as you wrote in your Word, life is a vapor. We don’t know when we may be the ones in a catastrophe, hurt, missing or dead. Our lives are precious and nothing we can take for granted. And even moreso for our eternal lives. Let people know that there is a God, who is real, and loves us. And you proved your love by sending your only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to die for us. To take a punishment so that no matter what happens, we are secure for eternity to be with you in Heaven.

We thank you and pray for all these things in the most precious Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Prayers for Haiti

In Importance of Prayer, Inspirational on January 13, 2010 at 7:45 pm

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Isaiah 41:13 For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.

Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 2Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

Psalm 22:24 For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard.

As I sit here still reeling from the devastating news, of the earthquake in Haiti, I can only hope for a revival in that nation. Our Lord Jesus Christ told us that His strength is perfected in our weakness and I pray that people in that nation cry out to Him and all of us who care pray to The Lord for healing, rescue and mercy there as well. It’s hard to fathom the extent of damage that affected one third of the nations and casualties possibly approaching one hundred thousand.

In this all, The Lord is there. He is there if we make our bed in hell, He is there. As hard as it may seem in the midst of such a catastrophe, God is there. My prayer is for the people suffering and hurting right now to see Him. To call out to The Lord. To call out to Jesus.

And as we pray for this nation, we can also help. There are websites which can show you how you can donate money, which is the most immediate need at present. Even a $1 donation can go a long way. We must show the love of Christ and extend our help to the people there. Whether it’s money, going to help in person or sending supplies, all things can be done to God’s glory. And of course, keep praying.

Are You Suffering? Then Cry out To God

In Bible Study, Importance of Prayer, Inspirational, Love on January 8, 2010 at 2:33 am

Psalm 34:19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.

A dear brother in the faith sent this verse to me last weekend. The great irony is that he is the one who has a loved one who is very ill at the moment. Reading it just moved me. Such faith in such a hard time. The power of God’s Word is amazing! We must remember that in our service, worship and work for The Lord our God, that He is here to deliver us. This is not a one-sided relationship. God is with us every step of the way. The Bible tells us we will indeed suffer afflictions. And that we should rejoice in them. Look at how David opens the Psalm

1 I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2 My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.
3 O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.
It is a call to praise! Not just occasionally, but continually. Like the love of a mother that pours of her as he holds her newborn child, we too should let our heart, mind and words overflow with praises of our Lord. And in our afflictions we will be sure to remember Him. We then read:
4 I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.
5 They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.
6 This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. ….
17 The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles

When we have a consistent relationship with The Lord, we have confidence to go before His Throne in our difficult times. Again we see the loving relationship at work. David “sought” The Lord and was heard. They looked unto him and were lightened. The poor man and the righteous cry out and The Lord hears and saves. Just like the sleeping mother hears the whimper of her infant The Lord will rush to His children to lovingly tend to their every distress.

So yes Christian, we can look for healing, blessing and restoration from God. So again I say, rejoice! The Lord Almighty loves His children and whether we are suffering from illness, emotional pain or just struggling to make ends meet, we can pray for deliverance from the situation. The Lord answers all prayers in accordance with His Perfect Will and will deliver us in the way that is best for our growth and refinement.

So when things seem hopeless and when life’s problems and trials have pushed you to the breaking point, it’s a perfect time to get on your knees for private prayer time to worship The Lord, rejoice in your salvation and pray for the solution that His Word promises. The Lord will never leave us, never abandon us and never forget us. Jesus reinforced this to His Disciples before His Ascension to Heaven:

and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Bible Verse of The Day — Build Your Own Ark

In Bible Study, Inspirational on December 28, 2009 at 7:03 pm

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

11: 7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

When Jesus preached the Gospel on Earth there were some who believed in their heart and some who believed because of the miracles they saw (John 2:23). The former form of faith was the better one. How do we know this? Because it does not rely on seeing miracles or signs, but it relies on the trust that God IS who He says He IS. (“…blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” John 20: 29)

When God warned Noah about the flood and told him to build the ark, the weather was fine. There was no visible flood approaching. Yet Noah clearly believed and had faith in God because he was moved by fear. So much so that he spent every day working on an ark while others were eating, drinking and carrying on with everyday life (Matthew 24).

Everything seemed fine. Surely people saw Noah and wondered what on Earth was he doing making this big ship in preparation for this supposed flood. They may have even scoffed or laughed as they wondered why he was doing this. Yet Noah separated himself and followed God’s Will and purpose and by his actions “condemned the world.”

And so it should be with us. We need to follow the mission The Lord has given us. If you’re not sure of your mission for The Lord start with Acts 1 and 2. Be obedient, read The Word, spread The Gospel. People should see us and notice that we are not following the world’s plan but following God’s. And just like Noah we can escape judgment and be saved. Not only that but we can bring those we care about into God’s protection from the coming Judgment as well.